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The US island that speaks Elizabethan English
LONDON, UK, 24 June 2019 (BBC) - Native Americans, English sailors and pirates all came together on Ocracoke Island in North Carolina to create the only American dialect that is not identified as American.



Huge migrant influx scares off Greek island tourists
VATHY, Greece, 23 June 2019 (DW) - Tourists are avoiding the Greek island of Samos due to the shocking situation at the Vathy migrant camp, which has grown into a sprawling settlement. Locals and asylum-seekers feel authorities have abandoned them.



Pacific islands at centre of cocaine trafficking boom
LONDON, UK, 23 June 2019 (Guardian) - It is the drug route you’ve never heard of: a multi-billion dollar operation involving cocaine and methamphetamines being packed into the hulls of sailing boats in the US and Latin America and transported to Australia via south Pacific islands more often thought of as holiday destinations than narcotics hubs.



Great Pacific garbage patch: giant plastic trap put to sea again
LONDON, UK, 23 June 2019 (AP) - A floating device designed to catch plastic waste has been redeployed in a second attempt to clean up a huge island of garbage swirling in the Pacific Ocean between California and Hawaii.



Vanuatu to ban disposable nappies in plastics crackdown
LONDON, UK, 22 June 2019 (Guardian) - It is but a tiny speck in the Pacific Ocean, but the island state of  Vanuatu is leading the global fight against plastic waste. The nation, which has already introduced one of the toughest single-use plastic bans in the world, is believed to be the first to propose a ban on disposable nappies, to be phased in at the end of this year.



After the storm: Can this rediscovered bird recover?
CAMBRIDGE, UK, 21 June 2019 (BirdLife) - Amongst the destruction and tragedy on Grand Bahama caused by Hurricane Matthew, there is an untold story of a rediscovered, but very threatened bird with a potential population of just two.



Marshall Islands struggles to stay above water
GENEVA, Switzerland, 21 June 2019 (Reuters) - The Marshall Islands is literally struggling to stay above water but its President Hilda Heine told Reuters she had saved her breath rather than try to persuade U.S. President Donald Trump to hear its climate change message.